VIP child abuse ring: Cops probe paedo teacher Charles Napier
Now officers from Operation Fairbank are re-opening files on the 68-year-old and have already interviewed “at least one” of his victims
The Sunday People first revealed the shameful past of Napier, ex-treasurer of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), after we tracked him down in a sleepy country town.
Now officers from Operation Fairbank – set up to investigate historical allegations of a UK-wide paedophile network – are re-opening files on the 68-year-old.
It is understood detectives have already interviewed at least one of his victims. They are said to be particularly interested in Napier’s role in the PIE.
The languages teacher was jailed for nine months for indecently assaulting a 14-year-old boy he’d lured to his home.
Before that, he was found to have indecently assaulted pupils at a school where he worked.
A whistleblower who investigated Napier nearly 20 years ago said last week: “He remained central to that organisation and I had the horrendous task of sifting through a huge collection of letters he wrote over the years to fellow paedophiles.”
Napier’s involvement with PIE emerged after campaigning Labour MP Tom Watson raised the case of paedophile Peter Righton.
Mr Watson, 46, asked a question in the House of Commons last October about paedophiles with alleged links to the heart of Government.
Righton was the founder of PIE and was convicted in 1992 of importing and possessing illegal pornographic material.
Astonishingly, at one time he was the UK’s leading authority on child protection .
He developed a close friendship with Napier and even used his influence to try to have Napier removed from the Education Department’s List 99 which banned him from teaching.
A 1994 documentary explored Righton’s links with Napier and showed film of the two with young boys in Sweden. The pair had exchanged letters about the availability of boys in Sweden.
The film – shot around 1978 – shows Napier at his home in Sweden as Righton visits him.
At the time of his prosecution for sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy, prosecutors said: “It wasn’t just a stranger grabbing a boy in the park.
“This was a slow insidious process. The boy was trapped, not forced.” Court reports of the time state that he had a previous conviction.
Napier was living an idyllic country lifestyle in Sherborne, Dorset, until the Sunday People exposed his past last November.
He was known as a respected retired teacher and as a theatre director who gave lectures at the town’s literary festival.
Napier even acted alongside youngsters involved in his theatre group.
But our revelations brought his criminal past to light, forcing him to give up his community role.
A production of Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale, directed by Napier, was shelved.
Two Met police investigations – operations Fairbank and Fernbridge – have been opened up. Operation Fairbank was set up last autumn to investigate the allegations linked to Peter Righton.
The offshoot Operation Fernbridge is focusing on the Elm Guest House, south-west London, a gay brothel where VIP paedophiles preyed on young boys supplied from local care homes.